2013-14 Applicants

Southwest Baptist University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Becca Layer
Admissions Coordinator for Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Ave
Bolivar MO, 65613
(417) 328-1690
(417) 328-1672
Blayer@sbuniv.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/14/2014
Institution's religious affiliation
Southern Baptist
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
80
Anticipated size of next entering class
80

Program Description more...

General:

The physical therapy department at Southwest Baptist University is dedicated to providing society with physical therapists who engage in the art and science of physical therapy with a Christian worldview. The graduate will be a clinician generalist who is prepared to provide physical therapy services for a diverse population in an evolving society and health care environment. Students enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August of each year and continue through the program for 33 months straight until graduation in May of the third year. The curriculum starts with and builds upon the foundational sciences progressing to clinical application in order to achieve the mission and goals of the program. The program generally follows the traditional semester calendar of the University with some deviations during the winter and summer months to accommodate for program needs. The sequencing of courses and clinical experiences are arranged to challenge and develop independent, critical thinkers who recognize the value of physical therapy and who can communicate effectively to a variety of stakeholders. Students engage in the professional practice expectations on a diverse patient and client population throughout the lifespan. The faculty nurture and mentor students promoting personal, professional and spiritual growth.

Clinical Experiences:

Students will complete four different clinical rotations totally 34 weeks in the final year of their educational experience. Clinical rotations at the minimum will include one acute care hospital based experience, one outpatient orthopedic experience, and one adult neuro-rehabilitation experience. SBU mostly utilizes regional clinical facilities that are closer to our campus, but does pull from from across the entire United States and to a lesser degree international opportunities to meet the needs of the program and the student. While student input to the assignment process is valued and considered, we cannot guarantee these requests for clinical assignments will be met. The final decision rests with the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) and the student should be readily prepared to attend a rotation that may not have been a top preferred position on the part of the student. Students should plan and prepare for extra expenses including: transportation, housing, food, health exam, immunizations, drug screens, professional liability insurance, criminal background checks, and current CPR.

Faculty:

There are twelve full-time faculty positions, with all twelve currently filled, and two regular part-time faculty members, again with all positions filled. Eleven of the twelve core faculty members hold doctoral degrees beyond entry level. Six of the core faculty are certified as clinical specialists by ABPTS (4 Orthopaedic, 1 Sports, 1 Neurology) with one holding a prestigious fellow status by AAOMPT. Eight are engaged in clinical practice to some degree. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged eight peer-reviewed scholarly products per year (journals or poster presentations). The faculty to student ratio is 1:18.

Enrollment:

The program accepts up to 80 physical therapy students in each class for a maximum total of 240 students.

Admission:

The department utilizes the PTCAS application system. Starting October 1 of each year, the program will begin considering applications on a rolling competitive basis for the class starting the following August. The following requirements must be met before being admitted to the physical therapy program (courses in progress during application process must be documented): 1) completion of a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution, 2) completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum of a "C" grade and a 3.0 GPA in prerequisites (prerequisites should not be taken pass/fail, should be taken in sequence and include: a. general chemistry (2 semesters, each w/lab), b. general physics (2 semesters, each w/lab); c. human/animal-based biology (to include: general biology, anatomy and physiology (1 semester each or full year combined sequence w/ lab), d. statistics (1 course); e. psychology (two courses, excluding psychological statistics), and f. pathophysiology is highly recommended (but not required), 3) Earn a minimum of 2.75 overall grade point average (for all previous course work or highest degree attained) OR a 3.0 overall grade point average (for last 60 hours of course work), 4) completion of an application packet, 5) documented experience or observation in the field of physical therapy, and 6) submit Graduate Record Exam scores. A well-balanced foundation in liberal arts at the undergraduate level is recommended. International students need to contact the department or SBU catalog for additional requirements including the TOEFL. Applicants not meeting the published minimum standards may be considered for conditional enrollment. 17.1% of qualified applicants are enrolled to the program (3-year average).

Tuition, Fees & Aid:

Tuition for the Doctor of physical therapy program, August through July, is $22,000 per year paid in two installments. A non-refundable $500 deposit, applied toward tuition, is due upon acceptance into the program. Fees include a curriculum/lab fee of $450 per year, technology fee of $260 per year, health fee of $34 per year, and graduation fee of $175. Fees apply to the 2012-13 year. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning for assistance in applying for a Federal Stafford Student Loan and PLUS loans.

Student Life:

SBU is located in Bolivar, Missouri, a town of 10,500 people with a low crime rate and strong community values. Located in the heart of southwest Missouri, Bolivar is just 30 minutes north of Springfield, 2 1/2 hours south of Kansas City, and 3 1/2 hours west of St. Louis.

Outcome:

95.7% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 100% of graduates who sought employment over the past three years have been employed. 95% of students who graduated from December 1998 to May 2011 have ultimately passed the NPTE. First time pass rate (2 year average) = 82%.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
3/3/2014
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.75
 
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
8344
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/01/2011

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Required
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
We require three references one from a Physical Therapist, Professor, and prefer one from a member of Clergy.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in sequence or one semester of Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in sequence or one semester of Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
Biology I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry I and II must be taken in sequence. 8 hour minimum requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Chemistry I and II must be taken in sequence. 8 hour minimum requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Physics I and II must be taken in sequence.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics I and II must be taken in sequence.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics